The CoCo Markets Summer of Music is delighted to announce that The Phantompickers will be performing in Marlay Park CoCo Market on 4th August, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The Phantompickers are a new Dublin based, bluegrass band that perform regularly in Sin É Bar Dublin on Tuesday nights with Dublin Bluegrass Collective. Initially set up as a “jam band” which invites other musicians to join in a session, The Phantompickers“, were initially formed in 2008 by founding members Patrick Simpson and Conor Daly. The current line-up includes five main members. The core of the band made up of Conor Daly on 5-string banjo and vocals, Stephen Wright on “Reno-style” banjo. Patrick Simpson on guitar and high tenor vocals, Grainne Quinlan on fiddle and TJ Screene on double bass. The ethos of the band is to bring traditional bluegrass songs and instrumentals to bluegrass music festivals, pub jams, and other bluegrass music friendly venues with strong drive and searing vocals in the "High and Lonesome" tradition. The band influences range from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers. The Phantompickers have performed at the Athy Bluegrass Festival, the Westport Bluegrass Festival, and the Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival in various band incarnations to name a few and they hope to continue to play more. Described as "stonkin' bluegrass" they are not to be missed and are always happy when “pickin' and a grinnin”!